Thor Race Report


Earning his first race win of the 2016 season Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl rounded out his participation in the fourth round of the Motocross World Championship with third overall at the GP of Patagonia, Argentina.

Continuing to build on his race pace, Nagl kicked off another positive round of MXGP competition with a committed performance in the first race. Getting a great jump out of the starting gate he found himself trailing early leader Antonio Cairoli for the first few corners of the race.

Capitalising on his speed around the Argentinian track Nagl passed Cairoli for the lead before the end of the first lap, going on to establish a comfortable gap and soon after his first MXGP race victory of the season.

Getting a good start in moto two Nagl made a small mistake in the first corner to place sixth. The German fought back to fifth at the end of the moto after a great battle with Romain Febvre and Jeremy Van Horebeek.

Nagl’s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammate Christophe Charlier continued to show signs of progress at the GP of Argentina. Steadily getting back to full fitness after his pre-season injury the Frenchman rode two strong motos to finish 12th and 10th respectively.

Clement Desalle raced the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team KX450-SR back into the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship top ten at Neuquen/Argentina as he recovers from his early season injuries.

The Belgian, who has bravely defied the pain of a fractured forearm through thefirst three rounds of the world championship, displayed great speed during the practice sessions as he consistently posted top six laps on Saturday.

Qualified in ninth position after being involved in a crash during the period, he continued this form through the early laps of both GP motos as he confidently held down fourth and seventh places during the first laps of the two races. Inevitably the shortage of bike time was to take it toll during the closing laps of each race and Clement sensibly slowed his pace to finish an injury-free seventh and eleventh. This gave him tenth overall on the day and has lifted him to fifteenth in the series standings before the GP of Mexico scheduled next weekend in Leon. Still recovering from his wrist injury in France, Jordi Tixier will be back training on his Kawasaki this week, a first step before his racing comeback.
The GP riders now head to Mexico for round 5 to be held on the 17th of April.

Race results:

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), 34:29.721;
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:05.185;
3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:07.776;
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:11.472;
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:12.973;
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:24.641;
7. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:34.253;
8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:40.168;
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:46.162;
10. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:52.900

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:47.423;
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:03.936;
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:07.794;
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:11.910;
5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:19.640;
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:40.886;
7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:47.977;
8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:51.197;
9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:53.609;
10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:54.351

MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 45 points;
2. AntonioCairoli (ITA, KTM), 44 p.;
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 41 p.;
4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 35 p.;
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 34 p.;
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 27 p.;
7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 27 p.;
8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 25 p.;
9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 24 p.;
10. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 24 p.

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 172 points;
2. TimGajser (SLO, HON), 169 p.;
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 144 p.;
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 138 p.;
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 134 p.;
6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 125 p.;
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 105 p.;
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 103 p.;
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 82 p.;
10. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 74 p.